Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday in the church calendar. The preacher gave a wonderful illustration concerning the concert pianist Paderewski.
A young boy age seven had developed a fascination for the piano and was receiving basic instruction at home from his mother. She had had the talent, but domestic necessities had charted another path. She heard of the concert and believed that it was worthy of her sparse savings. The two found themselves excitedly in the fifth row back in the auditorium accompanied by the boy’s aunt and uncle.
At one point right before the program commenced the mother excused herself for a trip to the Ladies’ Room. The boy thereafter made a similar excuse and bolted from his relatives’ supervision.
Down the hall he saw a sign saying “No Admittance to the Public”. He could at least read as far as “No Admit…”. This proved an unbearable temptation, and so in he went.
Back in the Auditorium the lights dimmed, the curtains opened and a spotlight fixed upon the grand piano. Seated there was the seven year-old. He began to play “Twinkle twinkle little star”. He did not see the grand master walk in behind him and place his left hand down at the base notes. A beautiful harmony developed. The crowd murmered their delightful response. The right hand went around the other side for the higher notes. The boy continued as best he could with smile grinning broadly. His Mother was now standing by her seat with hands to her mouth. For another two minutes Performer and Standby continued and then the gathering burst into applause that was not entirely civilized.
We have this opportunity to do small works of beauty as Jesus might do and to expect skill, power, passion and opportunity to come alongside in the Person of the Holy Ghost, and to transform everything.
(Thank you, Pastor Terry Hursh of Hope Lutheran Church, Kitchener.)